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Chichester district’s important role in the Great War to be revealed

The important role of American fighter pilots based at Tangmere and Ford aerodromes during World War I will be revealed at a conference hosted by the University of Chichester next week.

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The official handover to Southwold Railway Trust. Picture: Peter Edgeler

New home found for rare locomotive

Rare but rusting steam locomotive Scaldwell is to be restored to its former glory.

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Squadron Leader Miroslav Tony Liskutin. Photo courtesy of Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Miroslav Liskutin – RAF’s Czech fighter pilot

Miroslav ‘Tony’ Liskutin was born in Czechoslovakia in 1918.

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Picture courtesy of Jack Reynolds

Military Voices - the tale of Jack Reynolds

The words of the servicemen and women who served their country in the wars of the 20th century have been forever preserved thanks to a team of volunteers and the County Library Service.
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Compared to the box when the volunteers commenced this project, it looks stunning

Arundel telephone box restored to former glory

Two hard-working volunteers were definitely on the right lines when they devoted hours of labour to restoring the traditional telephone box in Arundel to its former glory.

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An engraving of the court at Chichester Cathedral, engraved by R H Nibbs in 1860, and inset, author Peter Wilkinson. Pictures: West Sussex Record Office

Witchcraft and road rage found in 400-year-old court records

Road rage and witchcraft are among the fascinating court records from the early 1600s which have been translated in a new book.

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Max Aitken, left, watches as his No. 601 Squadron Hurricane is refuelled at Tangmere during the Battle of Britain.

The honourable Sir Max Aitken

The Honourable Sir John William Maxwell ‘Max’ Aitken was the son of the Canadian newspaper magnate and businessman William Aitken, the 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production.

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The Swallow Brewery in Queen Street, c1880, prior to the building of the larger chimney

The Constable family and the history of Swallow Brewery

Historian Mark Phillips delves into the archives to find out more about the Arundel brewery and a connection to a famous English artist.

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An advert for Staley's

From Bobby’s to Bon Marché - shopping in Bognor

Each week we talk about things, places, buildings. This time I thought I would talk more about a shop.

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The 20-year old Pilot Officer Selway arrived at Tangmere in September 1929 .

The magnificent aerial adventures of Sir Anthony ‘Mark’ Selway

Anthony – always known as Mark in the Royal Air Force – Selway arrived in September 1929 at RAF Tangmere, his first posting after Cranwell.

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Letters home from the Front in 1914

Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Martin Venables

Martin Venables: A man of art and nature

This week I will take a look at the life and works of a man for whom the time before the 1700s was of particular interest.

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Fascinating Tudor map shows changing face of Sussex

A beautifully illustrated map of Sussex during the Tudor era is among a collection of 400-year-old drawings published this month. The maps were created by cartographer and antiquarian John Speed (1552–1629), and have been published by Batsford in a book called Britain’s Tudor Maps.

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Remembering the Bognor milkmen of old

One of our diminishing services is that of the daily delivery of milk to our doorstep.

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HG Wells, pictured in 1895 or 1896.

From Three Bridges to Midhurst – HG Wells’ love affair with Sussex

As he explored one day in the attics at Uppark, the “handsome great house” near Petersfield in West Sussex where his mother was housekeeper, young Bertie unearthed a box of brass objects which he managed to screw together to form an astronomical telescope.

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Liza McKinney at the Beagle Aircraft factory exhibition, held at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham until October 31

COUNTY NEWS: Beagle aircraft factory remembered in new exhibit

It was a revival of the golden age of aviation and a local industry that created more than 1,000 jobs in a West Sussex town.

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Can you solve a wedding photo mystery?

Does anyone know who this happy couple were?

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Squadron Leader EM Donaldson commanding officer of No 151 Squadron in 1940

Meet ‘Teddy’ Donaldson – record breaker

Born in Malaya in 1912, ‘Teddy’ Donaldson, as he was known throughout his RAF career, was one of three brothers who would serve as pilots with the RAF.

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